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September 2015

WSU scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease
DETROIT - A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has...

July 2015

Wayne State to lead $4.8 million NIH study that will teach an old drug to maintain its tricks
DETROIT - With the decline of the development of new antibiotics due to the complexity and expense of discovering them, there has been a rapid growth of antibiotic resistant pathogens that is one of...
National policy organization picks WSU's Dr. Patrick Hines for innovation fellowship
DETROIT - The Washington, D.C.-based educational and policy studies organization The Aspen Institute has selected Wayne State University School of Medicine's Patrick Hines, M.D., Ph.D., associate...
WSU's Institute of Gerontology director awarded for elder abuse research
DETROIT - Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, won the Judge Edward Sosnick Courage to Lead Award for his extensive work to create ways of...
Wayne State receives $1.9 million NIH grant for enhancing EPC-based cell therapy for vascular diseases
Chunying Li, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has secured his first R01 grant from the National Heart...
Wayne State researching effects of tocotrienols from palm oil in end-stage renal disease patients
DETROIT - End-stage renal disease (ERSD) is the last stage of chronic kidney disease where the kidneys function at under 10 to 15 percent of their normal capacity. At this stage, kidneys cannot...
WSU researcher and colleagues develop improved sperm diagnosis method
DETROIT - A Wayne State University School of Medicine professor, in collaboration with researchers at CReAte Fertility Center, University of Toronto, Harvard University and Georgia Reagents...
Wayne State University receives $1.25 million NIH grant to study diabetes drug's role in reversing preeclampsia
DETROIT - Sascha Drewlo, Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has secured a $1.25 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and...
Wayne State to lead Detroit site in new national heart failure study
DETROIT - The Wayne State University School of Medicine and Detroit Receiving Hospital of the Detroit Medical Center will serve as a site for a national study that will develop new guidelines for...
National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds grant to explore new model of MS pathology
DETROIT - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has provided a grant to a Wayne State University School of Medicine professor to explore a new model of MS pathology. Alexander Gow, Ph.D., the...

June 2015

National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant aims to assure food safety in urban gardens of Detroit
DETROIT - Urban gardens are becoming more commonplace across Detroit and other major urban cities throughout the United States. These gardens offer a source of free or inexpensive healthy food for...
Wayne State University engineering professor receives prestigious DOE early career grant
DETROIT - The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science recently announced its selection of 50 scientists from across the nation to receive its Early Career Research Program award. Eranda...
Wayne State research team issued patent for new anesthesia monitoring technology
DETROIT - A team of researchers from Wayne State University was recently issued a U.S. patent (# 8,998,808) on a technology that will offer anesthesiologists better methods for monitoring and...

May 2015

Michigan's University Research Corridor: Talent for a global economy
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (May 28, 2015) - Michigan's leading research universities are magnets for top-notch talent, attracting, developing and retaining highly skilled individuals to propel Michigan's...
Wayne State professor receives 2015 McDevitt Excellence in Research Award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
DETROIT - Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D., professor and director of the clinical psychology Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, recently received the 2015 Blue...
First ever paper published by four economists with the same surname includes Wayne State professor
DETROIT - For the first time ever, a team of four economists has published a paper where each author bears the same last name, despite having no relation to each other and working at different...
Wayne State researchers seek to stamp out herpes simplex virus 1
DETROIT - Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), or oral herpes, is a virus that affects more than 70 percent of the world's adult population. Although there are treatments to relieve its symptoms and...
Wayne State Biochemist Andrew Feig receives Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award
The Presidents Council of State Universities of Michigan has selected Andrew Feig, biochemist and professor in the Department of Chemistry, as a 2015 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. The...

April 2015

Report shows URC ranked second in Innovation Power Ranking among highly respected research university groups
LANSING-Michigan's University Research Corridor remains competitive with the nation's top university research clusters, contributing $16.8 billion to Michigan's economy according to the 8th Annual...
Wayne State researchers seek alternatives for reducing foodborne bacteria in fresh produce with the help of nanoengineering techniques
DETROIT - Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. from 1998 through 2008 have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce...
Wayne State University professor receives grant to improve exercise programs for people with dysferlin-linked muscular dystrophies
DETROIT - The Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences today announced that Joseph Roche, an assistant professor for the physical therapy program in the...
Wayne State University developing new approaches for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's
DETROIT - Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, may be one of Alzheimer's earliest signs. The subtle changes of MCI include problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment and a subjective sense...
Wayne State start-up receives prestigious Luis Villalobos Award
DETROIT - RetroSense Therapeutics, LLC, a Wayne State University start-up biotechnology company, has received the Luis Villalobos Award from the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world's leading...

March 2015

Brain Day Detroit at the Michigan Science Center
DETROIT - Learn how your brain impacts your senses, how it develops and changes as you age, how it works together with your eyes, and much more at Brain Day Detroit, held March 21, 2015, at the...
Multi-Center Pediatric Research Study Targets Cancer with T Cells
DETROIT, Mich., Thursday, March 05, 2015 - Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara...
NSF CAREER award to Wayne State University aims to determine causes of seismic anisotropy
DETROIT - Wayne State University's Sarah Jo Brownlee, Ph.D., assistant professor of geology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty...
Lycopene may ward off kidney cancer in older women
DETROIT - A higher intake by postmenopausal women of the natural antioxidant lycopene, found in foods like tomatoes, watermelon and papaya, may lower the risk of renal cell carcinoma, a type of...

February 2015

Wayne State physics professor receives prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Award
DETROIT – Wayne State University’s Takeshi Sakamoto, biophysicist and assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has...
Prenatal exposure can make alcohol smell more pleasant
DETROIT - Young adults exposed to high levels of alcohol before birth found the smell of it more pleasant than a control group did, according to researchers at Wayne State University. In the sample...

January 2015

Wayne State University researchers exploring new treatment for tinnitus
DETROIT - Tinnitus, a prevalent public health problem that affects millions of people, serves as an alert system that something is wrong in the auditory system. It can be caused by a number of health...
Pioneering Study Shows A Gene-Linked Heart Muscle Disease That Causes Sudden Cardiac Death in Children can be Ameliorated or Prevented with a New Drug Therapy
A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure - co-authored by Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, part of...
Children's Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University Trauma Researcher Publishes Major Study on Causes of Brain Injury in Children
Conclusive findings by Division Chief and Research Director of Pediatric Emergency MedicinePrashant V. Mahajan, M.D., and other researchers underline the crucial importance of protecting kids from...